My brother and I have come up with two good ideas to do this summer:
1. Go on a surf road trip.
2. Shape our own boards.
What would you do?
Can't decide on a north or south trip so any input there is good. Our road trip would be in like late June early July so the surf conditions could be sub-par.
Also I checked out Greenlight Surf Supply and saw that a shaping kit costed around $400. I was wondering if it was cheaper to buy a blank and the glassing stuff. Rather than the whole kit. Are the tools the kit provide that hard to find at Home Depot? Also my teacher could lend me tools from the Woodshop room at my highschool. So is it worth it to buy the whole kit?
More variety of breaks if you head north, especially if your heading into the Eastern Canada area. I would think the crowds wouldn't be as heavy if you head north rather then heading south. I can only imagine the crowd factor at Hatteras or S-Turns in June/July. Not saying that you couldn't find a little gem somewhere that's uncrowded, just seems less likely if you head south. My 2 cents, either way shaping / traveling your going to have a blast enjoy it.
Since it's your first board it'll be expensive. If you wanna do it right without spending a ton of money, rent the space from Brian at Greenlight. Use his tools and his space so you don't have to spend a small fortune at Home Depot. What if it's not your thing and now your stuck with a ton of tools and debt.
Once you have everything it's about $200 per board.
Both. Do both. Don't pay $400 for all the equip. Just look all over craigslist, buy a couple blanks for $50 bucks. Continue looks on craigslist for the smaller shaping tools you will need. U should be able to get everything you need for 2 board for around $200 if you can be ghetto enough... Then use some money and do a road trip for a week or so. Just camp. Find the best surf spots, used canned food and survival kind of thinking and you can swing a surf camping trip for cheap... And the amount of money you have left over from your shaping adventure will dictate how long you can stay on the road for...
Im all about road trips, but the shaping is something that you and your brother can share together for a long time. Each day. As a hobby. Its a better investment than a road trip with potentially flatness. YOu never know.
Yeah i probably should have mentioned that we have about a week or so for the road trip.
So going all they way to Canada would waste alot of valuable time.
Our main concern with the road trip is to plan it and everything and then just hit a flat spell
For the shaping thing what would the most expensive tool be?
Just from looking around it doesn't seem that the tools would cost that much
You should start a thread to the shapers. Something like: "Minimum tool and material requirements for shaping my first board"
But as far as the trip goes, im not sure how you figure that driving north would be a waste of time. Because once you get south of Jersey, every beach is VERY difficult to access from the major highways. From DE, all the way through MD and Northern VA, you will have to drive 2 hours+ inland off the freeways and interstates to even access delmarva. Then you could drive south to VB, check that out, but then you gotta hop back inland again down to OBX, then back out and down to Wilmington...
So my point is: Go all the way down to Wilmington NC, surf there and do a mini trip all the way down to central florida. There is pretty easy beach access along that path... ut my point is that it is probably more difficult to access multiple breaks and spots as you head southbound....
I know this because I am contemplating moving back east, and Virginia Beach and Jersey Shore are teh ONLY places on the entire east coast that are anywhere near cities and freeways. Everything else is way off the beaten path. As you head north, at least you have reefs, points and a more rustic environement. In the summer, I would have to say North is better... But the swells wont be too much different, since most swell that time of year will be coming up from the carribean. You at least have warm water and flatness down south... But the potential for better, uncharted surf for you and your bro is up north....